Do you flush left-over prescriptions? Toss unused medications in the trash?
Flushing unwanted prescriptions down the toilet may keep them out of the hands of others, but it can also have an adverse effect on our environment. The best way for us to promote community health when cleaning out our medicine cabinets is to dispose of these prescriptions safely and responsibly.
Take-back programs are the best way to dispose of old prescriptions. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has held three Take-Back Days so far, with sites available all over the United States. Combined, these three collections have removed nearly 1 million pounds of prescription drugs during the past 13 months. Prescriptions are the second most commonly abused drugs in the United States, so removing these substances from circulation can make a huge difference in personal health and safety.
"The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the past three Take-Back Day events speaks volumes about the need to develop a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs," DEA administrator Michele Leonhart said in an agency news release. "The DEA remains hard at work to establish just such a drug disposal process, and will continue to offer take-back opportunities until the proper regulations are in place."
"With the continued support and hard work of our more than 3,900 state, local and tribal law enforcement and community partners, these three events have dramatically reduced the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse, and increased awareness of this critical public health issue," Leonhart added.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
The fourth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To participate in this Drug Take-Back Day, you can drop off your unused or expired prescriptions at participating Kinney Drug locations.